Primate rehabilitation

Project name:

Vervet Monkey Foundation

Project purpose:

Primate rehabilitation

Project activities:

  • animal rehabilitation

Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

  • undertake your own research

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • ethical rehabilitation centre/practices​


Shared rustic wooden cabin with 1 other volunteer. There is the option to upgrade to a single cabin also

When does the project run?


accommodation included, food included, refillable drinking water, local shops, nearby medical facilities, mattress, pillow and sheets (please bring sleeping bag), solar energy so limited charging abilities, wifi, drop toilet

How long can I stay?


Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Extra weeks volunteering above 4 weeks will cost $261 


You will not need any prior experience as we will teach you everything you need to know – just come with enthusiasm and an interest in conservation! If you have any specific skills or interest we are happy to try and utilise them during your stay. No matter what you do, you can expect that it is hot, dirty and hands on!

• Collecting, chopping and delivering food for monkeys

• Cooking at weekends for volunteers

• Hands-on care-giving of baby monkeys (Nov-Feb approx), helping in our sickbay

• Observations of orphans with their foster mums and adult integrations

• Cleaning monkey cages, washing feed bowls & plates and cleaning blankets

• Assisting with introductions and rehabilitation of new monkeys.

• Assisting with basic medical practices and administering medications.

• Clearing vegetation for fire breaks, looking after the volunteer village.

• Assisting with education outreach programs

• Participating in fundraising, newsletters, we can also use graphic design skills


During the baby season (Nov – Feb) there is a possibility volunteers will work with baby monkeys, nearly all orphaned and traumatised. We introduce them to foster mothers ensuring each baby is stabilised, healthy and able to drink from a bottle when handling them.

You will be helping to rehabilitate Vervet monkeys into viable troops for release into protected reserves, integrating them back into their natural environment.

Reviews & ratings



Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday



It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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